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Downtown Sidewalk Sales

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Every day until April 26, 2015
Sidewalk Sales are held the last weekend of the month from March through November, excluding October. Shoppers – take advantage of great deals in a relaxing shopping environment! Plan for these upcoming 2015 Sidewalk Sales weekends! Friday through Sunday unless otherwise noted. March 27 – 29 April 24 – 26 May 29 – 31 June 26 – 28 July 24 – 26 August 28 – 30 September 25 – 27 November 27 – 29

7 Line Guru Rinpoche Supplication Dance at the MAH

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
All are welcome to this especially beautiful cultural event. Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava, established Buddhism in Himalayan area known as Tibet in the 7th Century. He is revered as the second Buddha and in this beautiful, traditional dance, Karma Rinpoche invokes his protection and blessings. As is said of the Seven Line prayer, “This great blessing, … will dispel all the suffering that will ripen on you, or be experienced by others. When your mind is transformed … all noble…

Santa Cruz Chorale: Viva Vivaldi!

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Santa Cruz Chorale is delighted to add orchestra and soloists to our Spring concert, “Viva Vivaldi!” The central work is the festive “Gloria in D-major” for choir, orchestra, and soloists,which is probably the composer’s best-known work aside from “The Four Seasons.” The performance will also include “Laetatus sum” and “Laudate Dominum omnes gentes,” which although less well-known, are equally joyous and expressive. In addition to these compositions by Vivaldi, the program features the exuberant “Singet dem Herrn ein neues…

Santa Cruz Warriors vs Fort Wayne Mad Ants

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Santa Cruz Warriors bring game 2 of the NBA D-League Finals home on Sunday. NOTE 4:00pm TIP OFF!

Paper Mechete FREE In-store at Streetlight

April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We are pleased to announce that rock/indie-pop band Paper Machete from Seattle will be doing a FREE, all ages show at Streetlight Records-Santa Cruz! The Seattle Weekly says, “Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Nate Stone and bassist/drummer Guthrie Scarr have a genuinely interesting take on indie-pop. They play slow-tempo songs that toe the line between upbeat and remorseful, giving their presentation a divided realism that mirrors the complex nature of our relationships. Over care-free guitar lines, Stone spills downtrodden narratives that occasionally venture into…

Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum 40” featuring Dean Brown, Gary Husband and Ric Fierabracci (2 shows)

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
“… one of the pivotal figures in jazz-rock…” – Variety Magazine Drummer Billy Cobham returns with his group Spectrum 40. Originally formed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Spectrum, his recording debut as a bandleader and now considered a jazz/fusion classic, the album showcased Cobham’s talents as an innovative drummer with a distinctive sound. It also drew attention to his budding compositional skills. A former sideman for Horace Silver, Ron Carter, and Miles Davis, it was Cobham’s long stint in…

Ann Jealous & Caroline Haskell, Combined Destinies

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
By beginning a conversation that encourages self-examination and compassion, Combined Destinies invites readers to look at how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created. Editors Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell, both experienced psychotherapists skilled at facilitating dialogue about racial issues, are cognizant of the challenges that even the thought of such conversations often presents. Their book is based on the premise that for positive and lasting change to occur, hearts as well…

Trivia Night – Rosie McCann’s

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Trivia hosted by Thomas in the lounge at 8:00 PM. Each week features a new theme, team competition, and prizes in the form of beer and other fun items!

The Comic and the Patriot Open Mic

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week
Open Mic at the Poet and the Patriot in downtown Santa Cruz. Sign ups at 8, show at 8:30. Running til 11.

The Eddy Awards

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation’s Eddy Awards provide an opportunity for the community to recognize the outstanding commitment made daily by the dedicated educators, staff and volunteers of Santa Cruz City Schools. Every year we honor four teachers who teach Kindergarten through 3rd grade, 4th and 5th grade, 6th through 8th grade (middle school) and 9th through 12th grade (high school). The Roseann Coonerty Layne Inspiring Teaching Award recognizes 7-12 grade teachers who teach writing, history, social studies, government, civics or…

Open Mic – Rosie McCann’s

April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Open Mic Night Tuesdays in the Fireside lounge. Sign-ups 7:00, show begins at 8:00. We have begun a new promotion for Open Mic! Each person that buys a drink receives a ticket to vote for their favorite performer; the person with the most votes at the end of the night will win a prize! Contact rosieopenmicsc@yahoo.com

Santa Cruz Farmers Market

April 29 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Our largest and oldest market is situated in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, one block off of Pacific Ave. In addition to a large variety of farm products, this market offers a great selection of local artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and lots of options for lunch and dinner. The market provides a large shaded cafe seating area, operates a supervised veggie valet program and live music is always present. Shopping at the Wednesday market is a wonderful way…

Met Opera Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci.…

Stephen Kessler, Need I Say More?

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us in celebrating the versatile and prolific writer Stephen Kessler upon the release of his two newest books: an eclectic collection of essays, Need I Say More?: Portraits, Confessions, Reflections; and the hybrid Where Was I?, a mixture of memoir, prose poetry, personal essay, travel journal, and spiritual meditation. In Where Was I?, Kessler synthesizes a lifetime of experiences in language of extraordinary concentration, vividness, and lyricism.  The stories he tells and the visions he evokes of places and…

Jazz with the Alex Raymond Band

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week
Every Wednesday night from 8-10pm enjoy the Alex Raymond Band.

Trivia Night – 99 Bottles

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
The only quiz that drinking is encouraged!  

Comedy Night at Rosie McCann’s

April 29 @ 9:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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Every month on the last Wednesday
A comedy showcase at Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub on the last Wednesdays of the month at 9:30pm. Hosted by Noah Gain

Steamed buns at Pop-Up

April 30 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Every week
Every Thursday, from 11:30am – 2pm 1108 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Steamed Buns and Honey Glazed Baked BBQ pork buns, served over the counter. Each week we have one entree available with rice. View Sample Menu

Event Santa Cruz: 1973

April 30 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
For what ever reason, what ever was in the water, 1973 was an explosive and successful year for Santa Cruz businesses. It’s just amazing when we started digging and finding all the iconic Santa Cruz businesses that started that year. For 42 years these businesses have been making their mark on the Santa Cruz community. But what was happening in 1973, what was Santa Cruz like then? Why did these people decide to start their business then? It is time to hear…

Le Boeuf Brothers

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Le Boeuf Brothers, saxophonist Remy and pianist Pascal, exemplify the post-fusion generation of musicians with a passion for genre-hopping – deftly covering electronica, classical, rock, and world music. Their fresh approach has paid off with critical raves and several awards. The Santa Cruz born brothers cut their teeth in Kuumbwa’s Jazz Education programs, and now have established themselves amongst the top tier of up-and-coming musicians in New York City, performing as bandleaders and sidemen worldwide. Remy Le Boeuf – Alto…

Complications From a Fall, by Kate Hawley

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Every week until May 14, 2015
WORLD PREMIER April 23 – May 17, 2015 In this touching and funny new play, an adult son reluctantly comes home to care for his aging mother for a few days and finds out a great deal more about her past — and his own — than he had bargained for. While his long suffering care-taker sister spreads her wings out of town, Teddy comes to grips with adult diapers, irrational demands, souvenirs from the past, and his engaging and…

Trivia Night – Woodstock’s Pizza

April 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Come sign up in teams of 3 – 6 people starting at 8pm. Trivia starts at 9 pm and consists of 4 rounds each with 6 questions. Check out our facebook page for current weeks Theme Round and various sponsors and prizes. Don’t forget to use the coupons at the bottom of your answer sheet to be entered into a raffle to spin our prize wheel in-between rounds. Hosted by Josh!!

Max10 Performance Laboratory

April 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
max10 is a place for artists to do brave work, experiment, and risk failure. The next max10 Performance Laboratory SC will take place on April 30 8:00pm, at Motion Pacific. Tickets are $5, at the door only (cash or check only please). We want to see you there! April’s lineup (in no particular order): Andrew Purchin Rhonda Martyn Nicole Casado Amy Kathryn Shank Casandra Owen Tamara Juel Zoe Galle RealPlay Embodied Story Improv Alexandria Law Aura Fischbeck   Nine things…

Free Comedy Night – Blue Lagoon

April 30 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Come on down to the Blue Lagoon as they host free comedy shows every Thursday night. Each night showcases up to fifteen stand up comics, featuring everything from new talent to touring comics that have been on America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and Live at Gotham. For more information, go tohttp://www.thebluelagoon.com/

Travelling Ills FREE In-store at Streetlight

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come down and join us for this special First Friday performance! Travelling Ills are a 4-piece band out of Santa Cruz that have undertaken the DIY punk ethic and infused it with a heaping spoonful of blues for a strange brew of rock n roll that is both menacing and manic. Remember–it’s FREE and all ages!

Complications From a Fall, by Kate Hawley

May 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week until May 15, 2015
WORLD PREMIER April 23 – May 17, 2015 In this touching and funny new play, an adult son reluctantly comes home to care for his aging mother for a few days and finds out a great deal more about her past — and his own — than he had bargained for. While his long suffering care-taker sister spreads her wings out of town, Teddy comes to grips with adult diapers, irrational demands, souvenirs from the past, and his engaging and…

David Sedaris at the Civic

May 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Tickets available HERE. Presented by Bookshop Santa Cruz and Rick Bartalini Presents.

California Bookstore Day

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 9:00am to 11:00pm Last year’s first annual California Bookstore Day was such a grand success that we are launching even more exciting tidbits to help you celebrate your local independent bookstore. Our partners include the returning champions Verve Coffee Roasters and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, plus The Children’s Museum of Discovery and Santa Cruz Writes. Kick off the day with Verve coffee and exclusive California Bookstore Day merchandise, stop in for chance to win books…

Free Comic Book Day and author Willie Ito

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 2nd  ALL DAY!! 10:00 – 7:00 p.m. Everyone who visits Atlantis on Free Comic Book Day will receive 6 FREE comic books! PLUS Meet World Famous Animator Willie Ito from 12:00 – 6:00p.m. During his career Mr. Ito helped animate such renown proj­ects as the famous spaghetti scene in Walt Disney’s 1955 animated film “Lady and the Tramp”. While at Warner Bros he worked on the classic 1957 shorts “What’s Opera, Doc?” and “One Froggy Evening” under the…

The Magic Carpet – World Dance

May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tandy Beal and Company present their First Saturday Concert Series, for kids and their families! A World Dance Showcase featuring Corazon en Flor (Ballet Folklorico from Mexico), John and Nancy Lingemann (Tango from Argentina), Corazon de Americas (Folkloric Dance from Bolivia), Luh Anderawati (folk and court dance from Bali, Indonesia), Shakti Bhakti (Odissi dance from Orissa, India). Experience this dazzling world of dance and music and you don’t even need a visa! Details and tickets HERE.
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